15th October 2004 at 01:00
KS 2-3

Discuss our relationship to the planet. Think through food and ethics. In the case of any food, from turtle soup to low cost supermarket chicken, should we be asking: where has this food come from? How was it obtained? How did the animal live and die?

KS 4

Focus on the treatment of turtles by humans as one case study among others in attitudes to the planet. Was the human side of the production a fair trade operation? Was the animal side one of farming, harvesting or exploitation? If God is real and God is creator, what might God's attitude towards the process be? - Approval, indifference, hostility, despair? Even plant food raises issues of treatment of human employees, use of pesticides, care for the soil and future crops etc.

KS 4-5

What is the impact on our self-understanding as fragile creatures inhabiting a world that is finite, on loan and under threat? Humankind can appear to act thoughtlessly, selfishly and materialistically. Pupils can debate the sobering moral and spiritual choices to be made.

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